Session Details

Session 1 — Achieving a Shared View of What Data is Needed & How it Should be Used
Tuesday, December 10 (1:30pm - 2:45pm)

Session Hosts:

  • David Herring – Chief, Climate Program Office, NOAA

  • Sarah Lewis – Senior Director, Innovation, The Sustainability Consortium

  • Sarah O'Brien – Acting CEO & Program Director, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Climate change and sustainability professionals will increasingly play a significant role in getting informative and actionable data for their organizations and key decision-makers within. Good data drives sound policy, investments and more.

Key Questions:

  • How can harmonize questionnaires sent by organizations to their suppliers?

  • Can investor and other stakeholder driven disclosures be aligned?

  • How can practitioners better inform the development of data and tools?

  • How do we streamline and standardize data collection and reporting?


Session 2 — Quantifying the Difficult to Quantify: Improving Metrics for Sustainable and Climate-Related Financial Decision Making
Tuesday, December 10 (3:00pm - 4:15pm)

Session Host:

  • Gavin Dillingham – Program Director, Clean Energy Policy, HARC

Financial decision-makers consider the full cost and benefit of making a decision. Up until recently, the opportunity to properly quantify the ‘people and places’ of the triple bottom line or to assess organizational climate risk has been fraught with misinformation or a complete lack of data.

Key Questions:

  • What are some of the emerging accounting standards and frameworks that relate to climate change and sustainability?

  • What metrics do we need to consider developing?

  • How can we overcome barriers to improving metrics and their adoption.


Session 3 — Carbon Green & Blue: Incorporating Land Use & Wetlands into Sustainability & Carbon Accounting Frameworks
Tuesday, December 10 (4:30pm - 5:45pm)

Session Host:

  • Margaret O’Gorman – President, Wildlife Habitat Council

Increasingly, organizations are turning toward nature-based carbon sequestration. Accounting for land- and wetland-based carbon sequestration and the use of credits for forest management and wetlands restoration is a valuable resource to meeting organizational GHG reduction goals.

Key Questions:

  • Are there existing frameworks aimed at integrating these solutions?

  • How can we help catalyze continued development of finance mechanisms to spur more widespread use of nature-based carbon sequestration?


Session 4 — Navigating Decision-Support
Resources & Tools
Wednesday, December 11 (8:45am - 10:15am)

Session Host:

  • Korie Hickel – Manager, Environment, Social & Governance, Coure Mining, LLC

There are a massive number and broad range of decision-support resources and tools. From scientific to operational data, our practitioners are forced to contemplate a maze of resources and tools.

Key Questions:

  • What resources exist to help our practitioners navigate these tools?

  • Should there be a way to accredit or rate tools?

  • What practices need to be standardized in order to maximize the value of these resources?

  • How can we help catalyze continued development of finance mechanisms to spur more widespread use of nature-based carbon sequestration?


Session 5 — Science-Based Targets Meet the Real World
Wednesday, December 11 (10:45am - 12:15pm)

Session Host:

  • Andy Smith – Sr. Manager, Global Energy Management and Sustainability, Cisco Systems

More and more companies are setting public science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets? The science is clear — and an increasing number of organizations are establishing science-based GHG reduction targets. Some experts are even exploring the feasibility of establishing a framework for science-based water reduction targets.

Key Questions:

  • What are some of the barriers to getting more organizations to adopt these targets?

  • What are the best approaches to pursuing a science-based target?